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Celebrate National Pancake Month


The month of February, in addition to being National Heart Month, is also National Pancake Month. You might think that the pancake isn’t a food celebrated by Healthy Dining, but pancakes can definitely fit into a healthy diet!
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In France, they are called crepes; in Germany, they are known as Pfannkuchen, and  in Spain, they are referred to as Filloas. In America, we refer to them as Pancakes. Sometimes sweet, sometimes savory (and almost always enjoyed at breakfast time), these flat cakes are usually made of flour, egg and milk and can be modified with other ingredients, such as buttermilk, sugar, baking soda, fresh fruit, nuts, and spices (among others)  to create the perfect entrée.

The month of February, in addition to being National Heart Month, is also National Pancake Month. You might think that the pancake isn’t a food celebrated by Healthy Dining, but pancakes can definitely fit into a healthy diet! Simple changes in ingredients can easily turn the nutrition profile of a pancake from a dud to a super star:

  • Using whole wheat flour in place of regular wheat flour can increase the fiber content of the pancakes and provide additional B-vitamins.
     
  • Swapping out maple syrup for fresh fruit like blueberries, strawberries, and bananas can also give your pancake a boost in nutrition. 
     
  • It is also important to know that one standard serving of pancakes is about the diameter of a compact disc…not the size of an entire dinner plate.

Fortunately, there are many menu items from participating Healthy Dining restaurants that feature pancakes, including:


Denny's RestaurantBanana Pecan Pancake Breakfast from Denny's
(780 calories, 15 g fat)
Located nationwide


Millies Restaurant BakeryPancake Breakfast from Millie's Restaurant and Bakery
(350 calories, 9 g fat)
Located throughout CA


Ruby's DinerMulti-Grain Pancakes from Ruby’s Diner
(700 calories, 15 g fat)
Located throughout CA


The Delectable EggFresh Fruit and Granola Crepes from The Delectable Egg
(620 calories, 11 g fat)
Located in CO